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Laptop: Prop-Forward

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Fergal1982, Dec 10, 2005.

  1. Fergal1982

    Fergal1982 Petabyte Poster

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    Our company has started using this instead of docking stations.

    The idea with this is that using a laptop on its own is bad for posture (you end up leaning forward to use it). Buying a docking station means that you also have to buy a screen to use for the laptop. If you buy this prop-forward, it tilts the laptop up so that the screen of the laptop is at an appropriate height for use, you can then plug a USB Hub into the laptop connected to a Mouse and keyboard.

    The downside to this unit is that you have to plug in (at least) one USB cable, and a power cable to use (very possibly an ethernet cable too). but considering this items cost compared to the cost of a docking station + screen, i think thats an acceptable disadvantage.

    Just thought some of you might find this of benefit.

    Fergal
     
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  2. Jakamoko
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    Nice find, Fergal. However as a typical Scot, I am off to nick the idea and build me own for £0.00.
     
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  3. Fergal1982

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    :lol: is it a fantastic piece of kit though isnt it. my work have more or less completely stopped selling docking stations any more. they're more hassle than their worth for a start, and you save so much money this way (docking stations are what? 100 quid, and a tft monitor is about 200 say, compared to 30 quid - postage inclusive).

    I intend to pick this up, and use a kvm switch to use my mouse, keyboard, and speakers between my (two currently) systems.

    lets see what i get for xmas first though.
     
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    Bluerinse Exabyte Poster

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    It looks to me like the laptop screen would be too high for good posture, you could end up with a crook neck. :blink

    Having used laptops for donkeys years, I have no problems at all with the laptop keyboards. I do use a laptop optical mouse rather than the touch pad though.
     
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  5. SimonV

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    Now I do like that, I think I'll get one for work then measure it up and get the technology department to make a few more. Thanks for posting Fergal. :)
     
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  6. Fergal1982

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    Well i just got mine the other day, and i must say i do quite like it. certainly raises the screen up a fair bit.

    For any of you guys interested in this. Since ive just bought one i have a recommenders code, which i can use to give people small discounts when buying. If you want a code, then just PM me (although i wont give a code out to people if they havent posted at least a few posts onto the forum - none of this signing up just to get a code from me malarky!!!!!)

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  7. Jakamoko
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    Respect.
     
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